‘Wild heirs of lost British honeybee found at Blenheim……….

From The Guardian Sunday 11th November:

 

‘Thousands of rare forest honeybees that appear to be the last wild descendants of Britain’s native honeybee population have been discovered in the ancient woodlands of Blenheim Palace.

 

The newly discovered subspecies, or ecotype, of honeybee is smaller, furrier and darker than the honeybees found in managed beehives, and is believed to be related to the indigenous wild honeybees that foraged the English countryside for centuries. Until now, it was presumed all these bees had been completely wiped out by disease and competition from imported species.’

 

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/nov/07/no-one-knew-they-existed-wild-heirs-of-lost-british-honeybee-found-at-blenheim

 

But…..have they?

 

Api:Cultural (@apiculturalLdn) who is an ‘Ecologist & beekeeper. Beekeeping & wild pollinator conservation consultancy working with businesses & communities to benefit London’s pollinators’ in a tweet says

 

‘So much Shyte in this article. Where do you start. The native bee is known not to have completely vanished from UK.’

 

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